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Peachtree Street Bridges over Connector to be Refurbished

GDOT Board votes to spend $1.7 million to help spruce up the bridges as part of an overall plan to present the interstate corridor as a more welcoming area to visitors.

Motorists zooming (or sometimes idling) on the Interstate 75/85 Connector will soon see Peachtree Street in a new brighter fashion.

Specifically at the two bridges that cross the connector at the southern and northern ends, the latter where Midtown and Buckhead converge.

The State Transportation Board voted this week to spend $1.7 million to refurbish the bridges as part of an overall plan to make the interstate corridor a more pleasant welcoming area to visitors.  

According to the Midtown Alliance, which has been planning the $5 million project for the two bridges along with the Central Atlanta Progress, the spruced up I-85/I-75 interchange bridge will feature sculptured fences and sidewalks at street level, and colored under-lighting for night time and the words “Peachtree Street” in lights.

It’s all a part of Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) Gateways program, which is focused on constructing more welcoming structures at nine interstate highway entrances to the state. The connector bridges were selected because they are one of the first things visitors see when entering the city after arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Planners hope both bridges will be completed in spring of 2014. 

Three more bridges– those stretching across the connector at 10th Street, North Avenue and Courtland Street - would follow later.

It will be a $10 million price tag to refurbish all five bridges with GDOT planning to provide about $3.5 million in funding. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the remainding funds will “come through a small grant from the State Road and Tollway Authority and from private sources, including the two self-taxing organizations.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the GDOT money “comes from signs near highway exits that advertise businesses at upcoming rest stops.”

Paula Grad November 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
i hope there is consideration for bike paths, and complete streets.
hilton joseph November 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
This is a complete waste of money . It is not that hard to beautify spending millions of dollars. Why not rethink this design for something less showy (I guess they will soon sell ad space in led lights). Atlanta still does not understand great urban design . Plantings are great , but a sign lit under the bridge is just silly. Lets fix the city streets and figure out how to make the city more safe, urban, and welcoming. I think everyone know where Peachtree street is already. Atlanta needs to focus on walking and bike traffic . Urban is what Atlanta is not . I think we need to rethink all of this spending.
But wait, November 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM
now if only they could do something about one of the ugliest buildings in atlanta (with the chickfila sign on top). i heard a rumor that the owner of that building makes more revenue from the massive digital billboard on the north side, that they will never ever try to rehab the building or make better use of the site.
hilton joseph November 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I agree , that building sucks with that horrible sign . There ought to be a law against ugly .
Drewboo November 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I agree - as long as that nasty building is not revitalized, the "gateway" will look anything but a facade barely covering a complacent city form.
Tammy November 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
That building did undergo some sort of failed renovation in the mid 2000's. They added tiny little porches to the building but it never seemed to get done...then the real estate market fell apart and so it sits...rotting away.
arctk2011tj November 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM
How about the money could be spent to making the bridges between North, 5th, and 10th a GROUND PLANE connecting Midtown to the west side of the interstate and to begin capping that portion of the interstate. More development would pop-up along what now is a gulch-like ravine of the Connector and embrace a potential public- park area in the heart of midtown. The 5th street bridge already has proven the potential for expansion. Also imagine if the interstate were capped between Piedmont and Spring Street to finally properly connect Downtown to Midtown...

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